SHC issues notices on polls petitions

May 21, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Tuesday put up as many as six poll petitions, all against successful candidates of the Pakistan People’s Party, and disposed two of them instantly, directing the Election Commission of Pakistan to decide the matter within two weeks.

Headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar, a division bench issued notice to the ECP, concerned returning officers and the respondent candidates and adjourned the hearing of the remaining four petitions to May 30.

The bench disposed of the petition of Karim Ali Jatoi of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz PMLN, who lost the National Assembly seat NA232 in Dadu to Sardar Rafique Ahmed Jamali of the PPP, who submitted that his polling agents were held hostage by the PPP workers and supporters who rigged polls at least 36 polling stations in the constituency.

Another petition against candidate Pir Bux Chandio who emerged successful on a provincial assembly seat PS75 in Dadu was filed by his rival candidate, Banda Ali Leghari submitting that the ECP and the respondent returning officers failed to hold fair and free elections adding the workers and supporter of his rival candidate resorted to rigging before, during and after the polling.

Both the petitioners stated that they moved the ECP against rigging on behest of their respective rival candidates, but to no avail.

The court while disposing of their petitions directed the ECP to decide the petitioners’ applications within two weeks.

The court issued notice to the ECP and the concerned returning officers in a petition of Zulfiqar Ali Kamario, candidate from PS19 in Shikarpur, who lost provincial seat to Agha Siraj Durrani of the PPP.

The petitioner submitted that his voters were threatened by the workers and supporters of the rival PPP candidate and his polling agents were not allowed to enter the polling stations by the police.

He also alleged that the rival candidate’s supporters also destroyed the ballot boxes that contained votes in his favour.

The petitioner stated that he also lodged a complaint with the ECP against the rigging, but the commission did not take any action in this regard.

The bench issued notice to the ECP and other respondents in the petition filed by Arif Mustafa Jatoi, a defeated candidate from PS22, who said he lost the election with a narrow margin of 57 votes to Abdul Sattar Rajpar of the PPP.

The petitioner submitted that as per results provided to him on May 12 by returning officer, he emerged victorious candidate on a provincial assembly seat. However, he added that on 15 May he was summoned by returning officer and was given another result which showed that he lost the provincial assembly seat with margin of 57 votes to Mr Rajpar.

He stated that he had approached ECP and filed application which is yet to be decided. He prayed to court to restrain ECP from issuing notification of successful candidate on seat. The court issued notice to the ECP and other respondents in a petition of Muhammad Ibrahim, a candidate of the PMLN from the National Assembly constituency NA202 in Shikarpur who lost election to Aftab Shaban Meerani of the PPP.

He stated that he was declared successful candidate on May 11 and later on May 13 he was declared defeated.

Petitioner Zainul Abideen of Sindh United Party SUP, a defeated candidate from a provincial assembly seat PS27 in Nawabshah, filed election petition against PPP’s successful candidate Ghulam Qadir Chandio. He stated that the election was rigged in his constituency by the influential figures belonging to the PPP.

The court also issued notice to the respondents in petition of SUP candidate.